eBay Stock Investors Have a Google Problem

Opportunism is a Silicon Valley trademark, so it should come as no surprise that Google is after a larger chunk of PayPal's lucrative business. The search king is dropping Checkout to focus on Google Wallet in the wake of losing key staff in its payments group.

Google introduced a number of updates to Google Wallet at last week's I/O developer conference, including a mechanism for sending money via Gmail and storing payments credentials securely in Chrome. eBay , meanwhile, continues to dominate, with PayPal's net volume increasing 21% to $41 billion in the latest quarter, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova.

Investors are nevertheless unnerved: Shares of eBay stock are up just 3% since the last earnings report versus a 6% gain for the S&P 500. Efforts to disrupt PayPal are likely taking the biggest toll. Google's ambitions won't help, but PayPal is also an enduring brand. Don't sell eBay stock if you own it, Tim says, and add it to your watchlist if you don't.


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Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Google at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool recommends eBay and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of eBay and Google. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Philip Cohen

Regrettably, Google payments is as clunky as PreyPal's payments ...

Hello "MasterPass". Goodbye clunky PreyPal—it has not been nice knowing you ... bit.ly/UVXx53

May 23 2013 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply